When you head to the Hundred Acre Wood, there are some old standbys that you can always expect to see. Pooh think, think, thinking under a Mr. Sanderz sign. Tigger pouncing on an unsuspecting bystander. And, perhaps best of all, Eeyore in his Gloomy Place, ruminating on the less than savory aspects of life.
Beneath that glum exterior and the house made of sticks is actually some worthwhile wisdom that everyone—even outside of the enchanted neighborhood—can learn from. Here are some of the greatest life lessons from Eeyore:
1. True friends stick by you—no matter your mood.
Everyone knows that Eeyore’s outlook can be a little gloomy, but that doesn’t matter to the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood. They understand that they shouldn’t try to change him, and they continue to include him on their many adventures.
2. You don’t always need to feel happy.
Even though life is mostly sunny, there are some moments that can be less than perfect. And it’s perfectly okay if you don’t always take those in stride.
3. Slow talkers are often deep thinkers.
Speaking slowly, as Eeyore does, is often a sign of someone choosing their words deliberately. These individuals are looking to arrange their thoughts in the clearest way possible.
4. Mornings are usually the worst.
Unless you’re one of the few people who pop right out of bed, wake-up calls are pretty brutal.
5. Don’t get too attached to the little things.
If you tend to misplace your belongings, try not to sweat the loss too much. The things that really matter have a way of coming back to you.
6. Even if you’re feeling blue, you can always lend a hand.
Who knows? It might just make you feel a little better.
7. Not taking yourself too seriously can help you through the toughest times.
Humor helps us relate to each other as people (or donkeys, or Pooh Bears).
8. Know that rough patches are temporary.
Sure, Eeyore’s house blows over or his tail falls off, but those circumstances always have a happy ever after. It may not change his overall worldview, but they prove that even the most dire straits are typically short-lived.
9. Show gratitude for the smallest good deeds.
“Thanks for noticin’ me,” may be Eeyore’s misanthropic catchphrase, but it also points to a valuable lesson. Thanking people for doing even the tiniest tasks can really pay off.
10. When all else fails, sarcasm.
We mean, it got Eeyore this far. Imagine what it could do for you.
What is your favorite life lesson from Eeyore? Tell us in the comments!